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Re: Gnus and pgp

From: Richard Riley
Subject: Re: Gnus and pgp
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 19:08:21 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1 (gnu/linux)

Ted Zlatanov <> writes:

> On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 20:08:11 +0100 Richard Riley <> 
> wrote: 
> RR> I wasn't aware you could do that! Works reliably now indicating an issue
> RR> with emacs talking to the agent.
> Since EPA is part of Emacs proper, you should file a bug.  I know it's
> not easy to repeat the bug but it certainly seems annoying.
> On Wed, 02 Dec 2009 20:20:44 +0100 Richard Riley <> 
> wrote: 
> RR> Works fine now with your suggestion. But now I am confused as to how to
> RR> correctly set this up. Do I still need to to set (nntp-authinfo-file
> RR> "~/.authinfo.gpg") for each secondary select method call? And if so,
> RR> where doe the epa set up come in? If you could explain how it fits
> RR> together that would be great.
> I set the authinfo file globally, with just auth-sources.  I don't set
> it per select method.  You can, but the effect will be different and I
> don't know for sure it will work correctly.
> When you load EPG/EPA (I forget the exact package demarkation) a handler
> is set up for .gpg files *by default* (you can change that).  When you
> open or save such a file, it's automatically decoded or encoded by the
> EPG/EPA handlers.  All of this is outside Gnus.  So specifying a .gpg
> file for auth-sources is no different than a regular file.
> Ted

With the latest emacs build in debian testing, I came back to this. It
100% does not work for me unless I specifically set the authinfo file
for each select method. My set up includes this:

| (require 'epa-file)
| (epa-file-enable)
| (setq epa-file-cache-passphrase-for-symmetric-encryption t) ;;VERY Important
| (if (file-exists-p "~/.authinfo.gpg")
|     (setq auth-sources '((:source "~/.authinfo.gpg" :host t :protocol t)))
|     (setq auth-sources '((:source "~/.authinfo" :host t :protocol t))))
| (setq 
|       mml2015-encrypt-to-self t
|       mml2015-cache-passphrase t
|       mml2015-passphrase-cache-expiry 60000
|       mml2015-verbose t)
| (setq       gnus-select-method '(nnimap "mymail"
|                                  (nnimap-stream tls)
|                                  (nnimap-address "")
|                                  (nnimap-expunge-on-close always)
| ;;                               (nnimap-authinfo-file "~/.authinfo.gpg")
|                                  (nnimap-nov-is-evil nil)
|                                  (nnir-search-engine imap)))
| (add-to-list 'gnus-secondary-select-methods
|               '(nntp "motzarella"
|                        (nntp-address "")
|                      (nntp-port-number 119)
| ;;                   (nntp-authinfo-file "~/.authinfo.gpg")
|                      )
|             )

With the authinfo lines commented out as above I get prompted for user
id and password for the imap server.

What am I missing?



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